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p.1 #1 · p.1 #1 · The Nikon 200mm f/2 Thread - part 2


Seeing posts in this thread bemoaning the demise of this thread has lead me to make a version 2 of it

Rules of the game: Nikon branded camera body, it can be FX, DX, CX or film, Nikon 200 f/2 lens, any version

Time to crank up that NAS



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  NIKON D700    200mm    f/2.0    1/40s    1600 ISO    +0.3 EV  





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  NIKON D700    200mm    f/2.0    1/8s    1600 ISO    +0.3 EV  





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  NIKON D700    200mm    f/2.0    1/10s    1600 ISO    +0.3 EV  





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  NIKON D700    200mm    f/2.0    1/15s    1600 ISO    +0.3 EV  




Dec 09, 2012 at 07:25 PM
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p.1 #2 · p.1 #2 · The Nikon 200mm f/2 Thread - part 2


By far my favorite lens. My 70-200 doesn't even come close to this thing (including weight, lol). All of these are shot wide open using my D3s:



A panning shot at 1/125, f/2, ISO2000.








I love this dog, and his name is Turbo... lol Shot wide open:




































Dec 09, 2012 at 07:43 PM
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  NIKON D3S    200.0 mm f/2.0 lens    200mm    f/2.0    1/640s    3200 ISO    +0.3 EV  




Dec 09, 2012 at 07:47 PM
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p.1 #4 · p.1 #4 · The Nikon 200mm f/2 Thread - part 2


Nikon D4





Dec 09, 2012 at 07:59 PM
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200mm @ f/2.8



Dec 09, 2012 at 08:21 PM
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p.1 #6 · p.1 #6 · The Nikon 200mm f/2 Thread - part 2


Laura, thanks for firing this thread up!
Love all contributions so far

The 200/2VR I is my most loved Nikkor. It's only downside is that it's prone to flare under certain conditions.
Here are some shots from my favorite sports:

D700, ISO1600, 1/500sec, 200/2 wide open, cropped a bit


D700, ISO3200, 1/640sec, 200/2 at f/2.2, cropped a bit

...it works on a D7000 in pretty dim light too, even after taking a shellacking:

D7000, ISO4000, 1/400sec, f/2.2, cropped from a horizontal shot

love it on the neat Nikon V1:

200/2 via FT1 on a V1, ISO1600, 1/400, lens wide open, cropped a bit



Dec 09, 2012 at 10:16 PM
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p.1 #7 · p.1 #7 · The Nikon 200mm f/2 Thread - part 2


Thanks for starting the new thread, nightowlcat! This lens produces such lovely shots, at least in the right hands. Great shots already and looking forward to a feast of eyecandy!

Kerry



Dec 09, 2012 at 11:15 PM
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p.1 #8 · p.1 #8 · The Nikon 200mm f/2 Thread - part 2


Woo hoo, great shots so far Georg, I love that you've already given the V1 a go at it. I'll have to try it too, maybe at the airport to shoot planes


Dec 09, 2012 at 11:24 PM
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I miss my 200VRI, I mean your 200MM VRI.


Matt



Dec 09, 2012 at 11:49 PM
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p.1 #10 · p.1 #10 · The Nikon 200mm f/2 Thread - part 2


I have to dust off my VR1 this week, this thread has made me realize how little use it's had overall, which is a great injustice to it!

These pics have previously been posted I think but a lot of the links are broken in the archive thread.



200/2 mini FAQ
-How big is it?
It's basically the same length as a 70-200 f2.8. Just a lot heavier and with a much bigger and more expensive hood.

-How much it cost?
if you have to ask...

-Is it worth it?
Oh yes. Yes. And yes.

But if you are lusting for such glass and don't have the means, content yourself with the argument that far more affordable lenses such as the 180/2.8, 300/4, even 70-200 VRII's are possibly 90% there, especially when viewed and printed at standard sizes. And if you are a talented photographer, with those you will produce better photos than those who simply have the means and no talent. And that sort of nectar tastes just as sweet as that which pours from the rear element of the 200/2.

Of course, they don't do so well at f2.0 (couldn't resist)

-Can I handhold it?
Absolutely. It's heavy, and a monopod makes life much easier, but it's a compact lens that enables blazing shutter speeds and has great VR. I also think heavy lenses and bodies provide stability just in their mass.

-Is it OK to carry it by the camera body?
No. That's what the strap lugs on the lens and the tripod foot are for. Once your glass gets this chubby, grab the lens, not the camera!






Bokeh - D800 / f2.0







Ridiculous 3D pop, AF speed and tracking - D7000 / f2.8







D7000 / f2.2







Does the 70-200 2.8 look like this at f2.8? D800 / f2.8



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p.1 #11 · p.1 #11 · The Nikon 200mm f/2 Thread - part 2


Get better first, I'm sure lifting this won't do you any good at this point. I'm glad I was able to get this, now I have to make some more use of it myself

Matt OHarver wrote:
I miss my 200VRI, I mean your 200MM VRI.

Matt




Dec 10, 2012 at 01:14 AM
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p.1 #12 · p.1 #12 · The Nikon 200mm f/2 Thread - part 2


I'm pretty new to FM, not sure about the rules, why couldn't you just revive the old thread?


Dec 10, 2012 at 06:41 AM
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p.1 #13 · p.1 #13 · The Nikon 200mm f/2 Thread - part 2


I have certainly admired the pictures that I have seen with this lens. As a practical man, the Nikon 180mm F2.8AFD and the 105 F2DC have been in and out of my collection numerous times. The 85mm F1.8G is currently on the camera. Kudos to those who post these pics. You have got to own a lens to really know a lens. Thanks for sharing your thoughts and your pics.


Dec 10, 2012 at 07:08 AM
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p.1 #14 · p.1 #14 · The Nikon 200mm f/2 Thread - part 2


Spotted Shag.

D800E, 200 f/2 VR II @ f/4 - cropped 100%.





Dec 10, 2012 at 09:50 AM
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p.1 #15 · p.1 #15 · The Nikon 200mm f/2 Thread - part 2


A comparison photo I made a while back - for curious folk

a chubby VR1 and a 70-200 VR1

that's a zeck lens cap on the chubby.







Dec 10, 2012 at 11:45 AM
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p.1 #16 · p.1 #16 · The Nikon 200mm f/2 Thread - part 2


Lee, once a thread gets archived, it's locked and you can't post to it any more, that's why I dropped the link to it here so folks can go back through and at least see the shots from that thread, as well.

Lee Saxon wrote:
I'm pretty new to FM, not sure about the rules, why couldn't you just revive the old thread?




Dec 10, 2012 at 03:36 PM
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p.1 #17 · p.1 #17 · The Nikon 200mm f/2 Thread - part 2


Workerdrone, that woodpecker is fabulous And thanks for the comparison shots, hard to believe they are almost the same length.

workerdrone wrote:
I have to dust off my VR1 this week, this thread has made me realize how little use it's had overall, which is a great injustice to it!

These pics have previously been posted I think but a lot of the links are broken in the archive thread.

200/2 mini FAQ
-How big is it?
It's basically the same length as a 70-200 f2.8. Just a lot heavier and with a much bigger and more expensive hood.

-How much it cost?
if you have to ask...

-Is it worth it?
Oh yes. Yes. And yes.

But if you are lusting for such glass
...Show more



Dec 10, 2012 at 03:39 PM
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p.1 #18 · p.1 #18 · The Nikon 200mm f/2 Thread - part 2


I am lovin this lens for sports . . . Chubby focuses much faster than any lens I've ever owned . . .

Softball under the lights tonight . . .





Dec 11, 2012 at 04:58 AM
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p.1 #19 · p.1 #19 · The Nikon 200mm f/2 Thread - part 2


Blasphemy i know. I stopped it down to f4.


Sara and Don's Humber Valley Wedding Teaser by Scott Grant, on Flickr



Dec 11, 2012 at 04:21 PM
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p.1 #20 · p.1 #20 · The Nikon 200mm f/2 Thread - part 2


^gorgeous. Love the composition and color. Bravo


Dec 11, 2012 at 04:28 PM
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